Aberdeenshire

Set within easy reach of the Cairngorms National Park, the city of Aberdeen was named as the best place to live and work in Scotland in a 2019 report by Demos-PwC. Alongside the stunning local scenery, another of the reasons for this was the low property prices relative to earnings. This offers residents an excellent standard of living – driven in large part by the oil and gas industry. The lively harbour city is also known as the ‘Granite City’ or ‘Silver City’ thanks to its historic granite buildings.

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Best places to live in Aberdeenshire

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A historic terraced street in Aberdeen

Areas to consider in Aberdeen

There are a total of 11 conservation areas in Aberdeen, offering attractive period houses within historic districts. These include Albyn Place and Rubislaw, Cove Bay, Ferryhill, Footdee, Great Western Road, Old Aberdeen, Pitfodels and Union Street.

Old Aberdeen in particular offers some grand old properties with striking architecture, while Ferryhill offers a wide variety of old and new housing styles. Families looking for period homes would do well to consider Rosemount’s Victoran terraces. Similarly, families will find ideal semi-detached properties in Seafiled, Braeside and Mannofield.

The West End of the city – including neighbourhoods such as Rubislow and Queen’s Road – also offers sizeable period properties alongside new build developments such as Kepplestone, AB15 by Steward Milne Homes. New homes can also be found in the centre of the city, including The Point – a highly popular rental-only development by Dandara Living.

Transport in Aberdeen

A boat in Aberdeen harbour

Aberdeen residents enjoy excellent transport connections with the rest of the UK, as well as internationally. Aberdeen International Airport is served by carriers such as easyJet, RyanAir, Scandinavian Airlines and TUI Airways. Loganair provides extensive domestic flights to Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and more.

A seven-hour rail journey from the city’s main station will take you down into London’s King’s Cross, as well as a sleeper service into London Euston. Meanwhile, Edinburgh can be reached in two and a half hours.

Road connections are provided via the A90, connecting to Dundee and Perth to the south. From Perth, the M90 takes drivers on into Edinburgh. Buses also provide connections to the rest of the UK, thanks to operators such as Megabus, Scottish Citylink and National Express.

Aberdeen’s coastal location also makes it a departure point for ferries heading out to Shetland and Orkney.

Aberdeen development reviews

In the heart of Aberdeen city centre, The Point overlooks renovation Union Terrance Gardens, nestled between an Art Gallery, nightlife, shopping malls and the surrounding has everything one could need at arms reach away.
Sebastian, Private Tenant, ThePoint, AB10, Feb 2021

The location is great as it walking distance from the beach and city centre. It is also quiet enough to avoid the noisy city night life. There are multiple grocery shops and restaurants near by along with sport facilities. There is also a bus stop right outside the development.
Katie, Verified Resident on HomeViews, Ocean, AB24, Jan 2021

Kepplestone area is ideal for getting into town, for nipping to Asda and hopping onto Anderson drive. There is a local co op in the area with a post office, alongside a hairdressers and a coffee shop. There is Johnston Gardens, where you can have a cup of tea and cake.
Paige123, Verified Resident on HomeViews, Kepplestone, AB15, Jan 2021

The development is ideally situated for those working at ARI or Aberdeen University. Aberdeen City Centre is within walking distance although there is a regular bus service to the city centre.Aberdeen Beach is a ten minute drive away where there is a great golf course and numerous recreational facilities.
George D, Verified Resident on HomeViews, Scholars Gate, AB24, Jan 2021

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Walker gardens is nice

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Review Date Oct 2022

Close to city center. I generally always manage to get packed later on it might not be directly outside my block. Neighbours are friendly. Great it is right beside Tesco and Lidl.

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Mell maintained cleaned weekly, lift can break a lot but it gets repaired quick enough. Grounds outside well maintained. Bin sheds are generally clean although people do dump stuff there which should be taken to the tip. There is a secured bike shed available

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Flats are really well insulated don’t need heating on often

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They send any trade out to first asses a job, which I kind of understand but I needed a joiner they sent a plumber, he made the issue worse, my key was jammed and he snapped key in door! When a joiner came he fixed it straight away, but then I had broken key in lock, and new lock was required, not available at weekends! Also I was without washing machine for a month! They bled COVID but I don’t accept that.

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It’s convenient and easy to settle into

Review Date Oct 2022

Access to bars, shops, cafes, restaurants, and transport links is second to none. Noise from traffic and people can be loud, especially at weekends, but that’s to be expected due to the area! Plus, due to the glass being adequately glazed, it’s easy to block out noise by closing the windows.

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I moved here in April, and overall, it’s been brilliant. It’s convenient and easy to settle into I especially appreciate not having to worry about separate costs such as WiFi, heating and water bills, since everything is included in the price. I love the extra amenities, especially the gym! The best part overall, however, is how great the staff are. They’re always on hand to help, and they make the effort to get to know you personally, and to be present for the resident events. I don’t think there’s a better place in Aberdeen to complete my postgraduate studies!

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Honestly, I can’t think of anything! I think I was well prepped before I moved in.

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Promptly and thoroughly. Any maintenance issue I’ve had has been resolved on the same day.

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I like the design of the building.

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Review Date Oct 2022

The location is great – close to transport links, supermarkets, museums, art gallery, bars, pubs and shopping centres.
No issues with bin collections. Unfortunately, no parking available as The Point is located in city centre but there is a bike storage room.

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I like the design of the building.
The facilities are amazing – there are many working hubs, TV rooms, club rooms, garden room with a terrace, a gym, laundry facility,
In terms of building management, there are events organised each month such as socials and breakfast club.
The team is great. I had my viewing with Vaida Jucaite who is Administrative assistant, and she delivered good customer service.
Regarding property management, I have no issues so far.

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For laundry you will need to pay which I had not known before I moved in.

Overall, I like my accommodation and the facilities here.

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To be honest, the building mamnagement responded a bit slow to the problems I have raised such as cleanliness of green spaces within the building premises.
On a positive side, I raised an issue regarding the cleanliness of outside windows, and the maintenance team did their job.

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Would recommend

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Review Date Oct 2022

Prime location in the city center, close to lots of shopping centers, art spaces, food places, evening venues.

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Prime location, high quality facilities and shared spaces, high quality rooms, high quality staff. Management is responsive to any queries. Top terrace has one of the best views of Aberdeen. A gym is available to residents in the building. Can recommend Deluxe rooms.

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Some rooms are smaller than others, do visit before moving if possible. Deluxe rooms are decently sized, but the standard ones can make one feel a little bit claustrophobic. Cooking hob is very close to the bed in some rooms.

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Speedy answers to any issues that might have arisen

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